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Online Doc YALSA Blog Policy

by Heidi Dolamore on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 02:31 pm

Mission

The mission of the YALSA Blog is to provide a fast, focused, and flexible format for publishing information about time sensitive issues such as news in the YA field, programs, conferences, initiatives, resources, and activities of use to YALSA members and the YA librarianship community.

Goals and Plans

A volunteer community of bloggers will be recruited from the YALSA membership to report on YALSA and ALA programs, and news of interest to the young adult librarian community.

Mission

The mission of the YALSA Blog is to provide a fast, focused, and flexible format for publishing information about time sensitive issues such as news in the YA field, programs, conferences, initiatives, resources, and activities of use to YALSA members and the YA librarianship community.

Goals and Plans

A volunteer community of bloggers will be recruited from the YALSA membership to report on YALSA and ALA programs, and news of interest to the young adult librarian community.

Policies and Procedures

  1. Blog manager(s): A volunteer manager or co-managers, much like an editor for our print journals, to be responsible for overall blog administration. The manager(s) must be YALSA members. The manager is paid an annual stipend for his/her services.
  2. Bloggers: Bloggers must be YALSA members or staff, or teens 13 and older, who have been approved by the blog manager. The blog may have ongoing regular bloggers, as well as occasional guest bloggers for specific conferences or events. Bloggers are recruited by the Blog Manager(s) based on a person’s: 1) expertise in the topic to be blogged, 2) writing ability and 3) technical abilities.
  3. Blog Content: The Blog Manager(s) with direction from YALSA’s Board of Directors and input from the Editorial Advisory Board will determine specific topics appropriate for blogging. Committee chairs and YALSA members may also submit topic ideas to the Blog Manager(s) for their consideration.
  4. Acceptable Use: The blog is a YALSA-sponsored tool for use within YALSA and for outreach beyond YALSA. Lively opinion and commentary are welcome in blog posts. Bloggers must check facts, cite sources, present balanced views, acknowledge and correct errors, and check spelling and grammar before making a post live. Links to related posts are encouraged, but bloggers should post original content rather than merely reposting entire items from other blogs, lists, newsletters, etc.
  5. Comments: Comments are open to all but may be moderated by the Blog Manager. Commentary, opinion, and reaction to posts are welcome. Comments should be relevant to the specific post they are attached to. Spam, flaming, personal attacks, and off-topic comments are not permitted. YALSA reserves the right not to post any comment deemed inappropriate.
  6. Pages: Frequently requested information, informational pages, etc. will be placed on blog pages as static information, rather than occasional blog posts.
  7. Blogroll/links: Links to ALA, YALSA and other ALA-affiliated websites and blogs will be provided. Other links to notable websites or blogs may be added to Links or Blogroll sections if the consensus is that they would be useful to readers.
  8. Copyright: Content on this blog would be governed by a Creative Commons license.

(adopted January 2006, revised June 2008)
(adapted from LITA blog policies statement)

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YALSA blog

Online Doc Blogger Guidelines

by Heidi Dolamore on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 02:29 pm

The following outlines the practices YALSA bloggers must follow when agreeing to participate in the association as a blogger. Bloggers should:

The following outlines the practices YALSA bloggers must follow when agreeing to participate in the association as a blogger. Bloggers should:

  • Commit to writing at least one original blog posting once a month.
  • Regularly read the postings and comments on the blog in order to help guarantee that posts are fresh and do not repeat one another.
  • Follow common standards of English spelling and grammar unless it is important to the post to stray from those standards.
  • Follow best practices as they relate to confidentiality of information. For example, information about YALSA books, articles, reports, awards, etc. that are not yet available for public consumption must not be posted to the blog.
  • Focus on news, trends, and information of current interest to library workers who serve teens.
  • Write about topics that are of interest to a group of readers and which do not exist in order to promote personal projects or a personal agenda.
  • Know and comply with YALSA’s blog policy.
  • Communicate with the YALSA Blog Manager as necessary or requested.
  • Inform the YALSA Blog Manager if you are no longer able to participate as a Division blogger.
  • The only person who can speak on behalf of an official YALSA member group, such as a committee, is the Chair. If you are blogging about something committee related and are not the Chair (but have been assigned blogging responsibilities by the Chair), please be sure to share your content with your Committee Chair and get his or her input before posting it on the YALSA blog.
  • Please be aware of issues relating to the integrity of the association. Posting your personal top ten best YA books of the year on the YALSA blog could undermine YALSA’s BBYA Top Ten list and the work of that committee. These type of postings are appropriate for personal blogs, but not the YALSA blog.

Those who agree to be a YALSA blogger should consider their blogging term to last no longer than 2 years. In order to keep the blog and the voice of the Division fresh, new bloggers will be added on a regular basis and those who have blogged for the Division for a 2-year period of time will be replace by new writers. (Please note: Term limits may be waived based on the needs of the blog and at the discretion of the Blog Manager and YALSA staff.)

 

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DEFUNCT Young Professionals Working Group

Online Doc ALA Executive Board sanction

by Kim Leeder Reed on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 01:44 pm

A letter confirming the creation of the Young Librarians Working Group as an ALA task force, as of the July 2009 conference.

LITA ALCTS / CaMMS Authority Control Interest Group

Discussion Spanish equivalents for LCSH

by Mary Mastraccio on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 01:05 pm

In response to a long-standing need for Spanish subject access points lcsh-es.org is providing Spanish equivalents for LCSH. Michael Kreyche, Systems Librarian, Kent State Univ., presentation.

ALA Connect Help

Discussion Creating Communities in ALA Connect (video)

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

Dog Loving Librarians Who Knit and Watch Lost Creating Communities in ALA Connect

So say you're a dog-loving librarian who likes to knit and watch Lost, and you're looking for other librarians who share your interests. But how do you find them?....

One in a series of introductory screencasts created by the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders Group I
View the original video and transcript

Guide to Reference

Discussion Become an Editor

by Denise Bennett on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 09:05 am

ALA's Guide to Reference http://www.guidetoreference.org/ is recruiting contributing editors to identify and describe the best reference sources in assigned subject categories.

ALA's Guide to Reference http://www.guidetoreference.org/ is recruiting contributing editors to identify and describe the best reference sources in assigned subject categories. Grounded in a hundred-year history as the standard for reference service, the new online Guide to Reference now offers over 16,000 authoritative print and web reference resources with browse and search capabilities and is updated on an ongoing basis.   Editors are needed in the following subject and language sections:   Subjects In the area of General Reference Works:
• Bibliography—National Bibliographies and Catalogs (see "Languages" below)
• Encyclopedias (see "Languages" below)
• Government Publications (shared*)
• Language Dictionaries (see "Languages" below)
  In the area of Humanities: • Literatures, various non-English
In the area of History and Area Studies:
• North Africa
  In the area of Science, Technology, and Medicine:
• Engineering (shared*)
  * "Shared" denotes a large section where the responsibilities will be shared with an experienced Contributing Editor.   Languages For Language Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, National Bibliographies and Catalogs; in the following (or similar) language clusters**:
a) Afrikaans; Cornish; Danish; Dutch; Friesian; Gaelic; Gothic; Icelandi; Irish; Norwegian; Old Norse; Swedish; Welsh
b) Latvian; Lithuanian; Estonian
c) Armenian; Azerbaijani; Georgian
d) Amharic; Languages of Ethiopia; Ganda; Grebo; Hausa; Ibo; Mende; Nubian; Somali; Swahili; Twi; Xhosa; Yoruba; Zulu
e) Aryan; Bengali; Dravidian; Gujarati; Hindi; Hindustani; Pali; Panjabi; Sanskrit; Tamil; Urdu
f) Burmese; Chinese; Khmer; Korean; Lao; Mongolian; Thai; Tibetan; Vietnamese
g) Japanese
h) Native American Languages
  ** "Language clusters" are created to identify individuals or groups with sufficient bibliographic skills to manage key sources and records across a group of related languages. The Guide is currently intended to include only the core sources of use and accessibility to a largely English-language audience.  Contributing Editors with language skills may be asked to assist in areas such as Literature or History & Area Studies.     The complete and updated list of vacancies in subject and language sections is maintained at: http://www.guidetoreference.org/DynamicContent.aspx?ctype=13   To join the team, please see the position description and application form at: http://www.guidetoreference.org/DynamicContent.aspx?ctype=8  

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ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee

Discussion The College of 2020: Students

by Janice Lewis on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 01:04 pm

Chronicle Research Services has published the first in a three-part series on what higher education will look like in the year 2020.  The Executive Summary is available at:  http://research.chronicle.com/asset/TheCollegeof2020ExecutiveSummary.pdf?utm_source=at&utm_medium=en.  This portion focuses on students, and their demands for more convenience, more online courses, and more flexibility.

AASL Board of Directors

Discussion Board Liaison Assignments 2009-2010

by Jordan Mack (staff) on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 11:02 am

Hello Board members,

As you know, a Board Liaison sign up sheet was passed around at Board Meeting III/Board Orientation. Because we are aware that some of you were unable to make the session, we have posted the completed sign up sheet here. The role of the Board Liaison is outlined below (taken from the 09-10 Committee Chair Orientation Handbook):

Hello Board members,

As you know, a Board Liaison sign up sheet was passed around at Board Meeting III/Board Orientation. Because we are aware that some of you were unable to make the session, we have posted the completed sign up sheet here. The role of the Board Liaison is outlined below (taken from the 09-10 Committee Chair Orientation Handbook):

 

The AASL Board Liaison provides a link and conduit for information to and from the committee/editorial board/task force and the AASL Board. The Board Liaison provides chairs with information on Board activities impacting the committee/editorial board/task force’s ability to carry out its function.  Both Member-at-Large AASL Board members serve as Board Liaisons to the Bylaws and Organization committee. They provide a link and conduit from the Board for information to and from the committee.

 

Liaison responsibilities

Contact chair of the committee or task force four times per year:

  • Between Annual & Oct. 1: Report Board activities at Annual that impact the committee/editorial board/task force.
  • By Dec. 15: Check if the committee/editorial board/task force needs to bring a proposal to the Board at Midwinter and if the chair has questions.
  • By March 1: Inquire about the committee/editorial board/task force’s progress toward meeting minimum outcomes, problems encountered, questions the chair may have.
  • By May 1: Check if the committee or task force needs to bring a proposal to the Board at Annual Conference and if the chair has questions.  Report questions/concerns of any committee/editorial board/task force to the President via email.

 

You have already been added to the email list serves and committee rosters assigned to you. Additionally, you should be able to view the ALA Connect Community for the committees to which you are assigned.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at jmack@ala.org or (312) 280-4382.

 

Thank you,


Jordan Mack


 

 

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